Berchidda is a calm, quiet town, nestled at the foot of Mount Limbara. During the summer, however, thanks to the Time in Jazz festival, that reaches its 25th edition this year, the town bursts with sound and colour, and everything becomes music, even the joyful clink of cutlery as slap up meals of Berchiddese soup, one of the most famous dishes of Gallurian cuisine, is prepared in the town’s churches with bread, cheese and mutton broth.
From the 9th to the 16th August the buzz of crickets will make way for the rhythm’s and melodies of the event, which invites both Italian and international guests, creating new combinations of sound with surprising results. This year the host Paolo Fresu will welcome, among others, the Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, the German cellist Anja Lechner, the American guitarrist Bill Frisell, and the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. Many special activities and events enrich the festival such as the dance workshops of Ornella D’Agostino, the theatrical reading of Alessandro Haber (Curraggia, 13th August), photography exhibitions, and traditional Sardinian poetry competitions where the poets will improvise on the subject of fire, the unifying theme of this edition of the festival (Church of St. Caterina, 15th August).
The main attraction to Berchidda is the music, but the many villages in the area that are involved in Time in Jazz organise additional activities that will keep you hooked. One such example is San Pantaleo, famous for its wonderful views, that hosts a multimedia spectacle of the ‘gastro-philosopher’ Donpasta (10th August). Others include Pattada, famous for its switchblade knives, where the Funky Jazz Orchestra will perform (11th August); Budoni, with its golden beaches, where the Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski will play (12th August); and also Tula, with its wind farm, where Antonello Salis will play the piano (14th August), to name just a few.
The Time in Jazz Festival, a fabulous, musical example of the world-famous Sardinian hospitality.
Images from Daniela Deidda.